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At the Pope’s weekly General Audience today, he continued his catechesis on the Mass reflecting on the rite of Holy Communion and invited Christians to make an examination of conscience.
During his main talk, the Pope said that Communion can be received standing "with devotion" or kneeling, whichever has been determined by each bishops' conference and Communion, can be received on the tongue or in the hand where permitted. He also encouraged people to use the time after receiving Communion to pray more deeply and silently, speaking with Jesus from the heart.
Also from Rome today the Prefect for the Secretariat for Communication, Msgr. Dario Vigano, resigned from his post as head of Vatican Communications after a very public controversy involving the improper use of a letter by retired Pope Benedict.
The controversy began last week, when Msgr. Vigano presented a new book on The Theology of Pope Francis, and read selected lines from a letter from Pope Benedict endorsing the book. His office then published a photograph showing the first page of the letter with several lines obviously blurred out.
An uproar ensued over the intentional blurring of the photograph and questions were raised in the media about what exactly the letter said.
In the end the Vatican released the full text on March 17th showing that, not only had Pope Benedict said he was unable to read the full series, but that he objected to one of the authors chosen to write one of the volumes.
The Pope has accepted the Msgr’s resignation but has asked him to remain at the secretariat to help with the transition for whoever is appointed as the new prefect.
We are now into day three of the of the Pre-Synod meetings where young people from all over the world have come to Rome to have a frank conversation with the Pope about the future of the catholic church. Our friends at CNS had a chance to talk to delegates from Africa about what the challenges, the youth in that part of the world face, and what their hopes are for these meetings.
Now these meetings are in preparation for the upcoming Synod of Bishops on Young People in October and I will bring you more interviews in the days to come so be sure to stay tuned.
That is all that we have time for today. Join us again tomorrow, when I bring you more news and stories from the Perspectives of a Catholic Lens. Thank you for joining us.